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Old 07-10-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
Chris Lappe
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Which distribution?


After 3 weeks of trying everything I could find online to try and stop the weird pausing that Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn seems plagued with, I have begun testing other Linux distributions to move to.

So far from their LiveCD's, PCLinuxos-2007 and Knoppix have been the easiest to set up on my system and run my hardware with little trouble.

I would love to get feedback on these two distro's from folks as to which one I should use?
 
Old 07-10-2007, 10:51 AM   #2
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I haven't tried PCLinuxOS before, but a while back I read that you shouldn't install Knoppix on a hard drive. Something about it not working too well. Maybe things have changed though since then..
Fedora is a nice choice for distro too, you can take a look at that as well.

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Old 07-10-2007, 10:54 AM   #3
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CentOS 5 is a polished stable distro, I use it on my laptop with an ATI card and beryl without a hitch.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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Thanks, I hadn't seen that about KNoppix, I ran into the same thing with Slax, loved it and then found I can't HD install it.

I will give Fedora a look before I make a decision.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 11:00 AM   #5
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If you loved Slax, perhaps Slackware might be of interest - Slax is Slackware based (hence the name!). I feel it's necessary to warn you (if that's the right word...) that Slackware is quite different from Slax from a GUI point of view...
 
Old 07-10-2007, 12:06 PM   #6
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Slackware is wonderful, and will teach you lots of things, however you will have to invest enough time with it. Other distros might work better out of the box and have nicer features, but Slackware just _works_, and is probably the most traditional Linux distro available.

"If you learn Red Hat, then you know Red Hat, but if you learn Slackware, you know Linux"

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Old 07-10-2007, 12:41 PM   #7
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Have to agree with the previous poster. I was always a Fedora freak, all the way up until Fedora 7. I have now been using slackware for about 3 weeks and I already feel I know more about linux than I had down with any other distro.

It's not that there was anything wrong with Fedora, or any of the other distros that run easier out the box, but I switched to Linux to learn as much as I could about the Operating System and Slackware, while a steep learning curve, offers me that.

Ultimately, the choice will be up to you and I would definitely give Fedora a try at least.

Good Luck
 
Old 07-10-2007, 01:08 PM   #8
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1. I dislike F7 as well. I'm putting Slackware 12.0 on my laptop instead.

2. It's not that the hard drive Knoppix install won't work well. It works just fine . . . unless you're interested in a secure system. I had a hdinstall for a while. I'm a little ashamed to admit it. Anyway, it's a heifer to update!

3. Slackware probably isn't the best for newbies who are looking for an easy to install OS. But once it's installed, it's the best thing for you.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 01:30 PM   #9
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My advice to you (and newbies in general):

Learn Linux with Fedora...Master it with Slackware

That being said...

You should try CentOS...which is a better Red Hat based (Technically it IS Red Hat, but anyways) distro than Fedora...
 
Old 07-10-2007, 01:51 PM   #10
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Mine is better---MINE is better!!!
The best distro for you is often the last one you try.....

Knoppix was never intended for a full install--in fact, they used to recommend against it.
PCLinuxOS is now #1 at Distrowatch
I still use Mepis

YMMV
 
Old 07-10-2007, 04:11 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Lappe
After 3 weeks of trying everything I could find online to try and stop the weird pausing that Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn seems plagued with, I have begun testing other Linux distributions to move to.

So far from their LiveCD's, PCLinuxos-2007 and Knoppix have been the easiest to set up on my system and run my hardware with little trouble.

I would love to get feedback on these two distro's from folks as to which one I should use?
Wierd freezing problem? Hmm, must be hardware related. I've yet to have any issues with Ubuntu on my PC's.

If you like the Ubuntu way of doing things(apt-get, synaptic, debian, etc..), then the most logical choice, to me, is Debian Etch. Its fast and easy to use(especially if you've spent some time getting to know Ubuntu) you'll feel pretty at home w/ Debian...

There's several ways to install it, but if you don't want to download 15 CDs, then the Net Install is probably for you.

http://www.debian.org/

IGF

Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 07-10-2007 at 04:12 PM.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 06:46 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by briealeida
2. It's not that the hard drive Knoppix install won't work well. It works just fine . . . unless you're interested in a secure system.
OK, since I admit to being a newbie, I'll stick my neck out and ask a stupid question.

What do you mean by it not being a secure system?

If it matters, my PC is stand-alone, not on a network and I am the only user.

Or do you mean less secure over the internet?
 
Old 07-10-2007, 08:21 PM   #13
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Well, I won't be using Fedora 7 it seems.

I DL'd both the gnome and KDE versions of the LiveCD's and both of them refuse to acknowledge my HD???????????
 
Old 07-11-2007, 12:56 AM   #14
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It's always good to widen your horizons.

Quote:
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After 3 weeks of trying everything I could find online to try and stop the weird pausing that Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn seems plagued with, I have begun testing other Linux distributions to move to.
I had freezing problems with Dapper where the systems just hang for a while. Was due to the nv driver; problem solved by installing nvidia driver.
 
Old 07-12-2007, 09:25 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom
I had freezing problems with Dapper where the systems just hang for a while. Was due to the nv driver; problem solved by installing nvidia driver.
That was one of the things I checked, and it still id it. Yesreday I installed Kanotix and am gonna run it awhile and see how it goes.

So far it seems great, no problems at all, but I am still interested in trying PCLinuxOS.

One thing about Linux, you always have others to try!
 
  


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